Located in Orissa, Konark is home to the SunTemple, famous for its architectural grandeur. Konark is part of the Golden Triangle along with Bhubaneshwar and Puri - all the three cities are known for their significant temple architecture.
Conceived as a chariot for the Sun God, the temple has 24 giant stone wheels (each wheel is about 10 feet in diameter)
with a set of spokes and elaborate carvings. The entire structure is
carved out of stone. Seven horses drag the temple and two lions guard the entrance, crushing elephants under their feet. While the temple
is in ruins today, it still retains the magnanimity and splendor with
which it was built. Tourists have to go up a flight of steps to the
main entrance of the temple. Beautiful carvings and sculptures adorn the walls of the SunTemple along with thousands of images of gods and goddesses.
Around the SunTemple
Considered as one of the finest beaches in the world, the Konark Sea Beach is around 2 miles from the temple.
The Chandrabhaga beach is a quiet beach with beautiful surroundings.
During the Chandrabhaga Mela, pilgrims take a holy dip in the pool and
come to the beach to watch the sunrise at the sea.
The temple of Goddess Ramachandi is located to the southwest of the SunTemple.
Ramachandi is considered to be the presiding deity of the Konark region
and is regarded as one of the images of Sun God. This location is
popular for weekend picnics.
Excavated just behind the Ramachandi temple lies the temple of Lord Vishnu with figures of Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati on the walls. There is no deity inside the temple and a pillar in front of the temple is said to be the seat of Garuda (Lord Vishnu's charioteer).
A small museum run by the Archaeological Survey of India is located next to the SunTemple. The museum has a good collection of sculptures taken from the temple ruins.
Kuruma is a small village (8 kilometers from the SunTemple)
where recent excavations have brought up some ancient Buddhist
antiques. One of them is the image of Buddha seated in Bhumisparsa
Mudra along with the image of Heruka and a 17 meters long brick wall.
This is supposed to be one of the sites containing Buddhist stupas
described by Hiuen T'Sang.
Festivals of Konark
The Chandrabhaga Mela held in February every year is when the Sun God is worshipped at Konark. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Konark every year for this festival.
The Konark Dance Festival is held from the 1st to
5th of December every year. This festival is unique as it strives to
preserve the unique temple dance tradition of Orissa. Live performances are held in the amphitheatre near the SunTemple as a tribute to this majestic monument.
Arts and crafts
Konark offers a variety of exquisite handicrafts. You will find a wide array of arts and crafts at the local market. This includes Pata paintings, stone carvings,
terracotta, lacquer ware, paddy corn crafts, hand woven textiles and
fabrics and articles made of bamboo.
Where to stay
Accommodation is available at the Panthanivas which is
managed by the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) and the
Yatri Nivas. Many tourists, however, prefer to stay at Puri or
Bhubaneshwar and make a one-day trip to Konark. These two cities have a range of accommodation options to suit your budget.
When to visit
The best time to visit Konark is between October and March when the weather is pleasant. Summers usually tend to be very hot.
How to get here
Regular train service is available from Konark to Bhubaneshwar and
Puri. The nearest airport is located in Bhubaneshwar (65 kilometers
away). You can also reach Konark by road either from Bhubaneshwar or
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Auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are available for transport within the city.
As the entire Konark area is surrounded with forests, there are many areas that can be used as picnic spots.
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